Sounds of the Township: A story of house music in South Africa | Boiler Room x Ballantine’s

Sounds of the Township: A story of house music in South Africa | Boiler Room x Ballantine's


Ballantine’s True Music has been making its name in the SA house music scene for years alongside Boiler Room. During their last show, they went back to the roots of house music for a special stop on the True Music Africa Tour, the first-ever Pretoria show. The brands brought together a stellar roster of house selectors at an incredible event held at a secret location in PTA.

After an amazing Boiler Room event in the home of house music, Pretoria, on 5 December 2018, artists such as the likes of Oskido, Kat La Kat and music journalists such as Charl Blignaut, Sihle Mthembu and many more sat down with the Boiler Room team to discuss, the birth of house music in South Africa.

The documentary details the era from the 1980s, the so-called Bubblegum, to today’s house music sounds that includes Amapiano.

The commentators from on this short doc include music journalists Charl Blignaut, Sihle Mthembu along with insight from artists such as Oskido, Vinny da Vinci, Kat la Kat, DJ Tsitso, club founders such as Johann Rupert (House 22 Club) and more.

Sounds of the Township: A story of house music in South Africa | Boiler Room x Ballantine's

Boiler Room and Ballantine’s are committed to supporting and celebrating uncompromising artists who do it ‘their way’. With their True Music platform, the partnership champions artists with a perseverant spirit and challenges them to continue pushing boundaries.

Following the fifth stop in Pretoria, True Music Africa will land in Accra, Ghana on 21 March 2019 for another Boiler Room first with an appearance in the coastal capital.

South Africa is still the beating heart of the global house music scene. In a country with a long, complex history, music has long been a nuanced yet impactful form of expression. Shaped by decades of tremulous social changes in a struggle to overcome the brutality of apartheid, the musical lineage of house music is rife with political action.

Beyond opportunities for individual success, the democratising power of South African house music has impacted a whole new generation of artists and sounds, that continue to garner global recognition.

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